“Handmade in France”
Made by hand (and uniquely so), the Thiers-Issard brand is, in this one opinion, the most hollow ground and flexible razor left in production today. They’ve produced straight razors for nearly 100 years in Thiers, France, with traditional methods confined to this most special of nations.
‘1196’ is the designation of the Evide Sonnant Extra, TI’s bread-and-butter model. The “ESE” is supplied with a free basic black leather sheath/pouch. Weight upon this variation with its blonde horn handle is approximately fifty-four grams. While the scales are actually quite robust and durable (they use a pre-aging concept for the horn slabs) and the standards for the peak tightness/uniformity of tightness/centering exceptional, horn still loves to move by nature, so we advise you to carefully guide your razor in to your scales by “fingertips tugboat” each and every time you close it, ever-ready to move the cutting edge gently away from the scales if need be. It is a lot better to have a tight horn scale that you must guide than a loose one you must not. As with all horn, if you live in a dry climate you should give the horn an occasional treatment with hair conditioning oil, Ballistol, etc.
Furthermore, in shaving with straight razors the majority of my lifetime now and having owned and used hundreds, a basic no-frills late-1990s to early 2000s copy (only remember which apartment living when got it & dates of those leases) of this same ole ‘Evide Sonnant Extra’ razor is the finest shaving tool I’ve ever put to face, and when I got it new its bevel form was wavy as a funhouse mirror. As Sam Cassell might possibly decree, never mind how I look, just gimme the damn rock. While it isn’t a fancy looking TI among TIs, the Evide Sonnant Extra absolutely can shave you simply magically close.
If you elect for the factory edge, you’ll receive your razor exactly as its manufacturers intended…pretty simple! The factory seal’s been breached, yes, but only so you could choose from individual pictures of stock.
If you elect for The Superior Shave to further hone your razor [please add a ‘note to vendor’ at checkout requesting this service], your razor will be delivered to you Guaranteed Shave Ready! Observe this precise model of razor (with black handle) being honed by TSS here and here! The Superior Shave hones via a method best coined (by the old Thiers-Issard director) as “the opposite of tape“ where the hones’ geometries are catered to performance of the razor and to no other concern.